Sunshine Coast drug addict to live in Ipswich after jail

AN Alexandra Headland drug addict and trafficker was expected to be released from jail this week after 551 days behind bars.

After police searched his Sunshine Coast home, Mitchell Brown, 32, admitted to police he had been selling drugs for six months to six to eight customers.

While he was making a small profit from the sales, Brisbane Supreme Court heard he was using that money to fund his own drug addiction.

Police found 6.631g of methylamphetamines with a high purity of 4.963g, in 15 clip-seal bags, 37 tablets, cannabis, ecstasy and $4800 cash.

Officers also found instructions for producing methylamphetamines and items used in the drug trade such as a mobile phone and digital scales.

Brown also pleaded guilty to 17 counts of breaching bail, twice failing to appear in court and dishonesty offences.

Justice David Boddice sentenced Brown to three years jail, suspended immediately after the time he had already served, and an extra six months cumulatively for failing to appear in court on previous occasions.

The balance of the three years will hang over his head for four years.

"I accepted you were in the grip of a very significant drug addiction when you committed these offences," Justice Boddice said.

He said Brown had made significant steps toward rehabilitation while in custody and encouraged him to stay away from drugs once released.

The court heard he would live in Brightview, near Ipswich, on his release.

Brown was also disqualified from driving for two months after testing positive for drug driving.

-ARM NEWSDESK


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